ArcSoft, a software company with a photographic bent, last year debuted a Wi-Fi video home monitoring camera called Simplicam. It let you view the action at home remotely from your smart phone and even speak to family members through the phone’s mic.
Simplicam’s mobile software companion, Closeli, offers among other things, built-in face detection and face recognition technology that lets you watch for specific people or animals and alerts you to noise or motion.
Today, as part of a major app update and firmware upgrade for the product, Simplicam announced the availability of Detection Zones, a new feature that allows users to customize motion and face alerts based on specific areas of a room.
Now, parents and pet-owners can cut down on the number of alerts by eliminating them from areas where kids and pets are active. The update also introduces a new user interface that makes editing and sharing videos easier, adds improved motion and night vision sensitivity settings, lets you permanently delete selected clips from the Closeli Cloud anytime you want and lets you easily turn phone notifications on or off via the app.
Simplicam is available for $149.99 on Amazon.com or from the Simplicam Website. Premium features, like face recognition and face detection, and video recording are available with a Closeli Recording Service plan, starting at $4.99 a month.
Published March 3, 2015 — 14:00 UTC